SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clay Thompson has fired a 3-pointer. Draymond Green anchored the defense and even chipped the offensive edge for a change. Stephen Curry shut down an MVP performance.

As I've said over and over again, I'm going to say this: no one has proven that they can get us out of that place," Green said. "It simply came to our notice then. We understand what it takes to win a championship.

Curry, Thompson and Green's triangle NBA knowledge is in the air as the core of a team that has made it to six NBA Finals in eight years.

Only the greatest teams have achieved this, with Bill Russell's Celtics of the 1950's and 60's, Magic Johnson's Lakers of the 1980's and Michael Jordan's Bulls of the 1990's.

Now the Warriors are hoping to add a fourth title to their possession in 2015, '17 and '18 when the final starts on June 2 against Boston or Miami. The Celtics are 3-2 up in Game 6 at home on Friday night.

We’re happy to be here, but if we complete the mission and win the whole thing, it will help our legacy a lot, ”Thompson said.“

We can be happy tonight, and we will be, I will celebrate tonight. But when it comes to Game 6 tomorrow, I'm turning the page and I'm scouting because we want to finish this thing right. "

The last time the Warriors reached the final they fell short, starting a two-year spiral filled with losses and injuries. Thompson tore his left ACL while losing Season-Ending Game 6 in the 2019 NBA Finals.

Kevin Durant tore his Achilles tendon early in the series and then headed to Brooklyn that summer, leaving the Warriors to end the NBA-worst 15-50 in the 2019-20 epidemic short season.

Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon just before the start of the next season and the Warriors were unable to return to the playoffs, falling to Memphis in the play-off game.

But Thompson returns in January, and Golden State is back at the top of the league again in a combination of the star's aging trio with the youthful obsession of players like Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and others.